May 24, 2021

Redding Included in Roundup of 8 Stunning U.S. Swimming Holes for the Summertime

Summer is almost here, and with it comes face-melting temperatures that will have you pining for sweet relief at pools and beaches. But there’s another, more unique way to cool down—taking a dip in a natural swimming hole.

Natural swimming holes appear coast to coast making this list, including Redding’s own McCloud Falls.

This trio of waterfalls dotting the McCloud River, an hour and a half north of Redding, California, can be visited year-round. But they’re especially beguiling in summer, when you can backstroke in the pool at the base of the Lower Falls. The water here is always chilly (low 50s) and jumping in is discouraged due to submerged boulders, but it’ll still feel real good after hiking the McCloud River Trail, a 15-mile route through Shasta-Trinity National Forest. For a shorter but equally scenic excursion, hike 1.3 miles upstream to the 50-foot Middle Falls, which span 100 feet across and are arguably the most enchanting of the three cascades. It’s another half mile to the secluded Upper Falls’ viewing platform, lofted 90 feet above the river. Nearby Fowlers Camp Campground is a popular spot to pitch your tent; 31 of its 39 campsites must be reserved in advance.

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